The Pseudomorphs and the Celestial Bodies are built with the same parameters. The Celestials often incorporate more than three objects, but the three categories of plant, animal, manufactured all need to be represented. When I was collecting objects to make into Pseudomorphs I had many that were either circular or radially organized. These didn’t lend themselves to the visual grafting technique and so when I made my first image with round things I used layering techniques instead. There are a lot of complex and beautiful ways to layer things in Photoshop. But the resulting image, now titled “Celestial Bodies: Aldebaran,” seemed to be too different from the other Pseudomorphs, so I set it aside. Before I printed editions or framed any of these I would show proofs to visitors and I had one visitor who really responded to Aldebaran. So I decided to keep riffing on round. Many of the source images I use are scans I’ve made of actual objects. If I leave the scanner lid open to accommodate thicker objects then the light from the scanner falls off into space and in the resulting scan the object appears to be emerging from blackness. This blackness reminded me of the emptiness of space, and since many planets are uncannily spherical, my round layered things appeared to be celestial bodies. I knew I wanted to do a series of riffs on round—maybe I always think in series because I started out making books—and I decided to do 26 named for each letter of the alphabet, named after real extraterrestrial places. I have sometimes chosen colors based on their real namesakes, and if the object is a double star I sometimes make a double-round riff (like for Hadar). Whenever I have to choose an arbitrary number I try to make 26 work because I love the alphabet so much.
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Please see this page to find out how to order Female Power Project scarves, shawls, and pins. See this page to find out about Female Power Project perSISTERS posters, cards, and stickers. Visit my expanding Etsy Shop to order Celestial Bodies prints and my Blurb Shop to order photo books. My Etsy scarf shop is in its infancy.
Or visit my studio in DC, Black Lab, at 716 Monroe St. NE, Studio 16. (Scroll down for more info about Black Lab.)
Many of my Female Power Project pieces can be purchased at Femme Fatale DC Pop-up Shop at 100 Florida Ave NE in Washington, DC, open Tuesday & Wednesday, 3–9pm, Thursday–Saturday, 11am–9pm, Sunday 11am–4pm, through December 24, 2017.
About the Artist
Leda Black lives in the Washington, DC area. Her primary medium is digital imagery printed by high resolution archival inkjet. Previously she concentrated on book arts (see Texts link in menu)—writing, printing, and binding limited edition artists books under the imprint Palabra Press. She also for many years produced an art by mail subscription called Physical Language Laboratory.
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About Black LabMuch of the art work on this website can be seen at Black Lab, Studio #16 on the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market, 716 Monroe St. NE, Washington, DC, steps from the Brookland/CUA Metro stop (Red Line). Black Lab is on Facebook. I create and show my work in this space and am there irregular hours for the rest of this year. I will likely continue to be open to the public on Saturdays from 10:00(-ish)am till 1:00pm. This Fall I will be selling my Female Power Project pieces, including the perSISTERS prints, at Femme Fatale DC pop-up shop at 100 Florida Ave NE, Washington DC. I will be staffing the shop several days a week. Please check Black Lab's Facebook page for my schedule updates for Black Lab art studio and Femme Fatale DC.